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F-104 Starfighter Landing Gear

Scale Aircraft Conversions 1/48 F-104 Starfighter Landing Gear First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2010 Manufacturer Scale Aircraft Conversions
Subject F-104 Starfighter Landing Gear Scale 1/48
Set Number 48023 Primary Media White Metal
Pros Sturdy gear for the Hasegawa kits Cons None noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $14.95

First Look

Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) produces an impressive array of white metal replacement landing gear for a variety of models. Some of these sets correct different issues that appeared in production kits, while others are simple common sense replacements to have stronger landing gear on your model.

F-104 Starfighter Landing Gear

This release is one of more than 70 landing gear sets available in 1/48 scale and is targeted for the Hasegawa releases of their F-104 single-seat series. This set cast in white metal and contains drop-in replacements for the kit parts. This set provides two sturdy main gear struts and retraction arms as well as the nosegear strut with integral retraction arm. This set will work with any of the single-seat Hasegawa Starfighters including the F-104C, F-104G, F-104J, and F-104S.

One nice aspect of aftermarket landing gear like these from SAC is that you can make the change anytime, even after the kit's gear buckles for whatever reason. Unlike an aftermarket cockpit or other details that need to be incorporated during construction, you can easily extract the old styrene gear and plug in these replacements once you've got them primed and painted. Of course you can plan ahead and use them during your build-up and avoid the problems in the first place.

You can obtain SAC landing gear from your favorite hobby retailer or online hobby shop. If your retailer can't get these for you and you can't this set at your favorite online retailer, then you can get quick service from Scale Aircraft Conversions directly.

My sincere thanks to Scale Aircraft Conversions for this review sample!